Going global

Purdue Calumet seeks community friends
to ease transition of international students

Community residents are invited to participate in a friendship program with Purdue University Calumet international students.

Going Global initiative

As part of Purdue Calumet’s ‘Going Global’ initiative, the university’s International Programs Office has initiated a Global Exchange Friendship program. Through the program, Purdue Calumet international students will be matched with American friends, including community members, students, alumni, faculty and staff members. More than 600 international students attend Purdue Calumet.

The Global Exchange Friendship program is destined to improve the American experience of international students by helping them feel welcome and comfortable away from their home and native country.

Local friends

Local friends of the program agree to meet monthly with their international student over coffee, lunch/dinner, movies or other activities.

“We are looking for individuals to open their hearts and homes to our international students,” Purdue Calumet International Programs Coordinator Brooke Hewson said. “In addition to helping ease the transition into American culture for our international students, this program encourages cross-cultural exchange through friendships.”

Contact information

Interested participants are invited to e-mail Coordinator Hewson via email as soon as possible, or participate in one of the following, scheduled orientation sessions: 12:30 p.m., Aug. 29; 5:30 p.m., Aug. 30; 5:30 p.m., Sept. 5; or 12:30 p.m., Sept. 6. All sessions will be held on campus in Room 154 of the Classroom Office Building. More information can be obtained by phoning Purdue Calumet’s International Program Office at 219/989-2399.